The Toronto Raptors hop the border and make the trip to Oakland, California to take on the Stephen Curry led Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. PST and the game will be broadcasted live on CSN Bay Area and NBATV. It will also be the first game that Golden State will sport "The City" Hardwood Classic jersey's since the 2010-2011 season. Mid-court at Oracle will also feature the aesthetically pleasing throwback logo.
One of the most debated topics around the league this season is whether the Philadelphia 76ers will win their first game before the Warriors lose their first. According to NumberFire.com, the Sixers have a 54 percent likeyhood of winning a game before the Warriors lose one. While Golden State maintains a 45 percent chance to lose a game before the Sixers win one. NumberFire.com also gave the Warriors a slim 12 percent chance to improve to 16-0, which would be the best start to a season by any team in NBA history. It will be no easy task as the next five games are against the Raptors, Clippers, Bulls, Nuggets and Lakers.
Last Time Out
The Raptors blew a fourth quarter lead in Sacramento on Sunday in a 101-107 loss to the Kings. After starting the season 5-0, the Raptors have gone just 2-4 in their last six games with their only wins coming against the Sixers and Hornets who have a combined record of 1-20 this season. The Warriors squeaked out a narrow victory against the Nets at home on Saturday by a score of 107-99. And by narrow victory I mean the Warriors were a Brook Lopez ten inch tip in away from losing. I guess Glenn was right.. the Warriors are pretty lucky.
Golden State (-475) is favored at home by nine and a half points tonight over visiting Toronto (+400). The over/under line is set at 207.5 according to BetOnline. The Warriors are 8-2 both SU and ATS in their last ten meetings with the Raptors. Terrance Ross is sidelined with a thumb injury and will not play tonight for Toronto. Meanwhile Draymond Green has been battling the flu for over a week and missed Monday's team practice according to KNBR. His status is unknown for tonight. Klay Thompson on the other hand did practice yesterday after sitting out the last game. Rusty Simmons of the SF Chronicle expects Thompson to play tonight.
Lets check out some betting trends courtesy of OddsShark.com:
Lets check out my picks from last Saturday's game against Brooklyn:
I am sure Jarret Jack had this game circled on his calender and by the way the Nets came out against the Dubs it seemed as though he had the entire squad ready. Even with overtime the game remained under. It's getting to the point where I am going to use my reason to pick the over/under then go with the complete opposite.
The Raptors hung around their last game against the Kings thanks in part to 15 made three pointers. They will face a Warriors team who are best at defending the three-point line in the NBA this season. If Toronto can make over ten three's this game I think they will have a shot.
Luke Walton hinted at the idea of Andrew Bogut returning to the starting lineup after he stuffed the stat sheet Saturday night against Brooklyn per Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group. The Warriors will need physical play from the center position tonight to balance out the skill and strength of Toronto big man Jonas Valanciunas.
Here are my picks for tonight's game against Toronto: